Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday appeared in-person at an Islamabad sessions’ court to tender an apology to a female judge, as per a video shared by Khan’s party — Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI).
However, Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) Zeba Chaudhry didn’t show up at the court.
In the video, Khan can be heard be telling a court official that he had come to apologize to the judge.
“You have to tell Madam Zeba Chaudhry that Imran Khan had visited and wanted to apologize if his words hurt her sentiments,” Khan said, before leaving the court.
The court official is heard telling Khan that the judge is presently on leave.
he next hearing in the case is scheduled for October 3rd, as per a report in Dawn newspaper.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) last month began contempt proceedings against Khan over his remarks against the judge and senior police officials at a rally in Islamabad.
The Islamabad rally on August 20 was called by Khan to express solidarity with his close advisor Dr. Shehbaz Gill, arrested last month on charges of “inciting rebellion” in the Army. Gill has been charged under the Army Act.
Chaudhry had allowed a two-day physical remand of Gill at the behest of Islamabad Police. But addressing a solidarity public meeting, the PTI chief Khan warned that “she should prepare herself as action would be taken against her.”
Meanwhile, Pakistani media reported that Khan was also granted an “interim bail” by the sessions court in another case registered against him in connection with the same rally on August 20.
Khan was accused of convening the rally, attended by thousands of his supporters, in defiance of Section 144 that prohibits gathering of four or more people. His lawyer reportedly told the sessions court that overall 21 first information reports (F.I.Rs) have been filed against Khan in the matter.